People are gathering in Berlin for ultra-intimate gigs in people’s homes – and even on their balconies. Thomas Rogers explores a scene where smaller is better.
Dame Helen Mirren’s new movie features a clash of cultures in the south of France. How easy is it to interest audiences all around the world in the same story?
The Dardenne brothers’ Two Days, One Night stars the Oscar-winner as a woman facing a terrible ordeal. Film critic Nicholas Barber gives his review.
The self-help industry is reportedly worth $13bn in the US alone. Robin Ince looks at the roots of a literary tradition that goes from strength to strength.
Virtuoso guitar playing has come to define rock ‘n’ roll. Greg Kot looks back at its colourful history.
In a 1968 interview, the author describes the moment he wrote The Hobbit’s first line. It's in our clips of the week alongside Peter Jackson's new trailer.
Until he became associated with Nazism, the composer’s music inspired many artists from other disciplines – but now he is a muse again, writes Jason Farago.
If you believed that concertos and chart hits were entirely separate beasts, think again. BBC Culture picks five pop songs that betray their classical origins.
Whether designed for presidents, monarchs or patients, these 20th Century chairs have become enduring design classics. Jonathan Glancey explains why.
The unique, strange monument has attracted revellers – and struggle – for centuries. But we still don’t know what it is. Alastair Sooke takes a closer look.